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MLB roundup — July 26

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Friday’s American League results

Orioles 6, Red Sox 0 — Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Adam Jones homered twice and the host Baltimore Orioles ended a three-game skid. The loss dropped the Red Sox a percentage point behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, pending the Rays’ game against the Yankees. Tillman (13-3) tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

Rays 10, Yankees 6 — Jeremy Hellickson retired Yankees newcomer Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to preserve an early lead and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays tagged CC Sabathia again. The Rays have won 20 of 23 and took sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since June 10, 2012.

Blue Jays 12, Astros 6 — Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs in one inning, including his sixth career grand slam, Jose Reyes, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie also went deep to lift the host Toronto Blue Jays. Encarnacion became the first Blue Jays player in nearly 20 years to homer twice in the same inning in the seventh against Paul Clemens (4-4) and Hector Ambriz.

Royals 5, White Sox 1 — Former Green High School standout David Lough drove in two runs with a solo home run, single and sacrifice to raise his average to .304 and power the visiting Kansas City Royals. James Shields (5-7) shut out the White Sox for seven innings.

Friday’s National League results

Mets 11 Nationals 0 — Daniel Murphy homered twice and drove in five runs and Jenrry Mejia pitched seven innings in his season debut as the visiting New York Mets romped in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Murphy went 4-for-5, added a pair of RBI singles and tied his career high for RBI. Juan Lagares had three hits and Ike Davis added a three-run homer for New York.

Nationals 2, Mets 1 — Ryan Zimmerman homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the host Washington Nationals to a doubleheader split. After Anthony Rendon grounded out, Zimmerman hit a 3-1 fastball from LaTroy Hawkins (3-2) out to right-center.

Marlins 2, Pirates 0 — Henderson Alvarez (1-1) earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the host Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory. Jeff Locke (9-3) allowed only one earned run in 6⅔ innings and nine strikeouts.

Braves 4, Cardinals 1 — Mike Minor allowed only one run to give host Atlanta’s depleted rotation a lift, Jason Heyward homered, and the Braves beat Adam Wainwright in a matchup of division leaders. Minor (10-5) gave up four hits with no walks in seven innings.

Diamondbacks 10, Padres 0 — Randall Delgado tossed a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Cody Ross homered and drove in two runs and the host Arizona Diamondbacks pounded out 17 hits.

Rockies 8, Brewers 3 — Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings and hit a two-run double to help the host Colorado Rockies. Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado each had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies.

Friday’s interleague result

Tigers 2, Phillies 1 — Alex Avila’s two-run double in the fifth inning put host Detroit ahead, and Doug Fister pitched eight impressive innings for the Tigers. Cole Hamels (4-13) was trying to protect a 1-0 lead when he allowed the bottom of Detroit’s batting order to break through. After a one-out walk to Hernan Perez, Ramon Santiago and Avila hit back-to-back doubles.

— Associated Press


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